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- How can I share my SHIELD's Gamepad Mapper profiles with the community?
With the new community profiles BETA feature in Gamepad Mapper, users are able to share, browse, and rate community generated game profiles. To access the feature, hold the Start button from within an Android game to access the GamePad Mapper UI, then select to the menu button (three dots that appear above the “Download From Server” gizmo) to open the community share and rating options.
- My Nyko PlayPad Pro is not working properly in SHIELD Console Mode.
If you are having technical issues using your Nyko PlayPad Pro with your SHIELD, please contact Nyko directly. They will assist you in updating or replacing the controller. For more details, refer to http://nyko.com/customer-support/
Depending on when your PlayPad Pro was manufactured, the firmware may require updating. In some cases, the firmware update process may require the use of an Android 4.1 (or lower) device – the process does not work with newer versions of Android. With that device, download the Nyko Playground app from the Google Play Store, sync the controller to the device, open the app, go to “Advanced Settings,” and update your PlayPad Pro firmware.
Once this is complete, you can re-sync the PlayPad Pro to your SHIELD, and check for any new firmware updates with the latest Nyko PlayPad Firmware Updater app.
- What controllers are compatible with SHIELD in Console Mode?
We have tested the following controllers and they are compatible with SHIELD in Console Mode:
- Nyko PlayPad Pro
- NOTE: may require update to latest firmware
- MOGA Pro, MOGA Pro Power, and MOGA Hero Power
- NOTE: MOGA controllers do not have an integrated Android Home button
- XBOX 360 wired controller
- NOTE: must connect wired USB controller to a separate micro USB to USB OTG Adapter
- Nyko PlayPad Pro
- What is a micro USB to USB OTG Adapter used for?
This adapter is used to connect USB 2.0 supported devices to SHIELD. For example, if you want to connect an Xbox 360 wired controller to SHIELD for use in Console Mode, you will need this adapter as SHIELD has a micro USB port.
- What type of micro USB to USB OTG Adapter do I need to support USB 2.0 based devices?
There any many micro USB to USB OTG adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must have a male Micro USB connector to a (regular) USB 2.0 female connector.
- What are the requirements to GameStream at 1080p @ 60 FPS?
In order to stream games in Console Mode @ 1080p @ 60 FPS, your PC system must meet the following minimum requirements (NOTE: these requirements are slightly higher than the standard 720p GameStream requirements):
- GPU: GeForce™ GTX 660 or higher desktop GPU (Notebook GPUs are not supported at this time)
- CPU: Intel Core i5 or higher, or AMD FX 6-Core or higher
- Micro USB Ethernet Adapter: Connect a wired Ethernet cable from your router to your SHIELD.
- What type of micro USB Ethernet adapter do I need to enable GameStream at 1080p @60 FPS?
There are many different types of Micro USB Ethernet adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must be a male Micro USB connector to a female Ethernet connector.
- How do I move app and game program (APK + OBB) files from SHIELD internal storage to the microsd card?
- Move data files by going to Settings → Apps → (Select App) → Move to SD card
- Ability to move data to SD card is compatible with select apps and games. Only apps that developers have opted in as moveable to external storage can be moved.
- SHIELD only supports writing to FAT32 formatted cards. This is a limitation of Android.
- 32GB (or less) microSD cards – SHIELD supports FAT32 data format. Most microSD cards that are 32GB or less are already formatted as FAT32. If the memory card is not formatted, format to FAT32, using your PC or Mac computer.
- 64GB (or higher) microSD cards – Android does not support the exFAT file system out-of-the-box. Because the standard FAT32 file system does NOT support partitions greater than 32GB by default, 64GB cards come pre-formatted as exFAT. If you want to use a 64GB microSD with SHIELD, it has to be converted to a file system format that is supported by stock Android, which in this case is NTFS. This can be done using a PC.
- What are the recommended Miracast devices?
- When will SHIELD be available?
SHIELD is shipping to consumers now. Buy SHIELD.
- Where can I buy SHIELD?
SHIELD is available for order directly from NVIDIA at shield.nvidia.com as well as our etail/retail partners: Amazon, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg, Think Geek,Tiger Direct, Canada Computers, Memory Express and NCIX.
- HOW MUCH DOES AN NVIDIA SHIELD COST?
NVIDIA SHIELD is priced at $249.
- In what regions is SHIELD available?
SHIELD is initially available only in the United States and Canada.
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- What Android games does SHIELD work with?
As SHIELD is a full-featured Android device with a multi-touch screen and access to the Google Play store, gamers can access and play an extensive catalog of Android games on SHIELD. Games optimized for gamepads and 5" landscape displays are going to provide the best gaming experience. Check out the list of SHIELD optimized games available from TegraZone. Beyond the many great titles available through TegraZone, There are a number of other games available on Google Play that offer native controller support. Check out a list of tested Android games.
- What are the system requirements for streaming pc games to SHIELD?
The basic requirements are a Wi-Fi router and a modern gaming PC with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU. The detailed requirements are:
- GPU: GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU (Notebook GPUs are not supported at this time)
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz or higher
- System Memory: 4GB or higher
- OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
- Software: GeForce Experience application and latest GeForce drivers
- Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended). Check out a list of GameStream-ready routers.
- How does streaming games from my PC to SHIELD work?
NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPUs along with special streaming software integrated into GeForce experience to stream games from the PC to SHIELD over the user's home Wi-fi network with ultra-low latency. Gamers use SHIELD as the controller and display for their favorite PC games as well as for steam big picture. This enables gamers to get a GeForce GTX PC gaming experience anywhere in their home Wi-fi network.
- What PC games does SHIELD work with?
SHIELD officially supports over 50 of the most popular games and provide access to Steam Big Picture. Check out the complete list of supported PC games.
- What buttons are on the SHIELD controller?
SHIELD provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, L/R bumpers, L/R analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function NVIDIA/Power button.
- What is the warranty on SHIELD?
SHIELD comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty. Warranty details.